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People dying and being shot … I just feel so guilty laughing and joking like everything is so rosy when people are hungry and can’t find work, and out of work, and getting being put out of apartments … I’m just dedicated to it. Muhammad Ali, cited Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes, Sky 2020 *****
Putting God ahead of humanity is a terrible thing. Steven Weinberg, The Atheism Tapes, 2004
The position of human beings is essentially a tragic one. Steven Weinberg, interview Richard Dawkins
God so loved the world that he made up his mind to damn a large majority of the human race. Robert G Ingersoll
That’s what got us in trouble in the first place – interfering with Nature. Meddling. Doesn’t anybody understand that? … Stop interfering. Leave Nature alone: haven’t we done enough damage?… And the supreme arrogance – Save the Planet. Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don’t even know how to take care of ourselves. We haven’t learned to care for one another – we’re gonna save the fucking planet? George Carlin, Napalm & Silly Putty
By the way, there’s nothing wrong with the planet in the first place – the planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doing great; it’s been there over four billion years … Believe me, the planet has put up with much worse than us … The planet isn’t going anywhere, folks. We are. We’re going away. Pack your shit, we’re going away. And we won’t leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little styrofoam. The planet will be here and we’ll be gone. Another failed mutation. Another closed-end biological mistake. The planet will shake us off like a bad case of fleas, and it will heal itself, because that’s what the planet does – it’s a self-correcting system. The air and water and earth recover and be renewed, and if plastic is not degradable, well, most likely, the Earth will include it in a new paradigm. Earth plus plastic. The Earth doesn’t share our prejudice against plastic. Plastic came out of the Earth; She probably sees it as one of her many children. In fact, it could be the reason the Earth allowed us to be spawned in the first place – it wanted plastic and didn’t know how to make it. It needed us. That could be the answer to our age-old question: why are we here? Plastic, assholes! ibid.
If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little. George Carlin
It has often and confidently been asserted, that man’s origin can never be known: but ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, Introduction p3
Man bears in his bodily structure clear traces of his descent from some lower form; but it may be urged that, as man differs so greatly in his mental power from all other animals, there must be some error in this conclusion. No doubt the difference in this respect is enormous, even if we compare the mind of one of the lowest savages, who has no words to express any number higher than four, and who uses no abstract terms for the commonest objects or affections, with that of the most highly organised ape. ibid. chII p34
My object in this chapter is solely to shew that there is no fundamental difference between man and the higher mammals in their mental faculties. ibid. chII p35
Belief in God – Religion – There is no evidence that man was aboriginally endowed with the ennobling belief in the existence of an Omnipotent God. On the contrary there is ample evidence, derived not from hasty travellers, but from men who have long resided with savages, that numerous races have existed, and still exist, who have no idea of one or more gods, and who have no words in their languages to express such an idea. The question is of course wholly distinct from that higher one, whether there exists a Creator and Ruler of the universe; and this has been answered in the affirmative by some of the highest intellects that have ever existed.
The belief in God has often been advanced as not only the greatest, but the most complete of all the distinctions between man and the lower animals. It is however impossible, as we have seen, to maintain that this belief is innate or instinctive in man. On the other hand a belief in all-pervading spiritual agencies seems to be universal; and apparently follows from a considerable advance in man’s reason, and from a still greater advance in his faculties of imagination, curiosity and wonder. I am aware that the assumed instinctive belief in God has been used by many persons as an argument for His existence. But this is a rash argument, as we should thus be compelled to believe in the existence of many cruel and malignant spirits, only a little more powerful than man; for the belief in them is far more general than in a beneficent Deity. The idea of a universal and beneficent Creator does not seem to arise in the mind of man, until he has been elevated by long-continued culture. ibid.
Man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system – with all these exalted powers – Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin. ibid.
Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history. ibid.
In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine, and the like would fit the bill ... All these dangers are caused by human intervention ... But the real enemy, then, is humanity itself. The First Global Revolution, published by Club of Rome, globalist think-tank 1991
I can’t believe that each species was brought into existence by a merciful God who cares about human beings. David Attenborough, televised interview
If we [humans] disappeared overnight, the world would probably be better off. David Attenborough, Daily Telegraph, 2005
A hundred years ago there were one and a half billion people on Earth. Now over six billion crowd our fragile planet. But even so there are still places barely touched by humanity. This series will take you to the last wildernesses and show you the planet and its wildlife as you have never seen it before. David Attenborough, Planet Earth: Pole to Pole, BBC 2006
For two years a team of top scientists have been secretly studying a unique fossil. They believe it could be one of our earliest primate ancestors. David Attenborough, Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor, BBC 2009
The search has concentrated in East Africa. Known as the Cradle of Mankind. Here in the 1970s they found the link between apes and man. It offered conclusive proof that we started walking upright 3.2 million years ago. A human ancestor, a female, Lucy. Then in 1984 the remains of a body was found. ibid.
The fossil was found here in a place known as the Messel Pit [Germany]. There is nowhere in the world like it. ibid.
A hundred and fifty years ago Charles Darwin explained the incredible diversity of life in a new way ... New species appeared as they adapted to a new environment. At the time Darwin’s proposal was controversial. He argued that monkeys, apes and ourselves have a common ancestor – that ancestor we know must have lived hundreds of millions of years ago. ibid.
Darwin’s idea was revolutionary and he was ridiculed by many in Victorian society. ibid.
Lucy was the half-ape half-man species that Darwin predicted. But where was the link millions of years earlier between us and the rest of the animal kingdom? ibid.
There is a bone in Ida’s foot that links her with every person on the planet. It could be the evidence that the first small adaptations towards walking upright happened forty-seven million years ago. ibid.
Religion is detrimental to the progress of humanity. It’s just selling an invisible product. Bill Maher, Religulous
I think that Dickens did more than anyone to diffuse an awakened consciousness. Kenneth Clark, Civilisation 13/13: Heroic Materialism, BBC 1969
In the middle of the nineteenth century there was no children’s hospital in London. ibid.
Humanitarianism was the great achievement of the nineteenth century. ibid.